The New York Giants have to decide what direction they are going with in regards with wide receiver. Yes, Victor Cruz is going to be a restricted free agent, but I’m not even going to be talking about him. I’m talking more about Hakeem Nicks.
Nicks in his own right is a key to the Giants offense. He draws coverage away from Cruz and the one game that they both seemed to be healthy against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the both had over 100 yards receiving and the offense put up a ton of points.
Nicks not being healthy enough is the problem. He’s missed at least one game in every year that he has played in. The years he’s been the healthiest, he’s produced over 1,000 in those seasons. The problem is, it’s been in two of the four years he’s played in the league.
Nicks is going to command a pretty good chunk of change after 2013, and the Giants are going to have to decide if it’s in their best interest to pay it to him. Whether or not they mishandled his injury this year is up for debate. There’s a pretty good chance they did, but now he has all season to rest it.
When Nicks is at full strength, he and Eli Manning have really good chemistry and timing with one another. They connect well on back shoulder and goalline fade routes and it was something that the offense really lacked this year.
I’m not sure if the Giants should commit long term to Hakeem Nicks. I think they need to see how he does this year. If it’s the same story, it may not be a good idea moving forward.